July 3rd. As I drove down to Chicago to catch a flight back east for the holiday, I took in the sunshine, blue skies, and green farmland surrounding me. My mind wandered from my excitement for fireworks and the 4th of July, to how lucky we are to live in a country which, despite its many issues, provides us with the freedom to think and act freely, to how unique the US of A is in terms of its diversity of geographies, religions, cultures - you name it! - to my summer with Bike and Build back in 2007 (crazy that was SEVEN years ago! Jeez, time flies!).
That summer, I rode my bike from Portsmouth, NH to Vancouver, BC with 29 other college students to raise money and awareness for affordable housing. I experienced first hand so many different pockets of the country – and what a patchwork of big cities, little towns, farmland, lakes, and mountains it is! Of course, this diversity came back to bite me when, despite the perfect weather in Chicago, flights were cancelled into Newark due to severe thunderstorms and Hurricane Arthur’s approach. How inconvenient (grumpy face).
July 4. My bike and I made a flight to Newark Liberty (phew!), so I thought I’d take a minute to share some of the incredible memories and different sides of our glorious country from that summer - from east coast to west - in honor of the 4th… plus a few extras from our weekend… it turned out to be quite the 4th (and 5th) of July in Buck Hill Falls this year!
Hope everyone had a safe, fun holiday!